AME congregation to hear imam on Father's DayA large and...


June 17, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

AME congregation to hear imam on Father's Day

A large and influential African Methodist Episcopal congregation in West Baltimore, in what its pastor calls a move to unite Muslims and Christians, has invited a Muslim religious leader to speak at the church on Sunday during a Father's Day program.

The Rev. Frank Madison Reid III, Bethel AME's pastor, described the speaker, Imam W. Deen Mohammed, as "a forceful Muslim leader who preaches increased tolerance, understanding and cooperation between Americans of different ethnic and religious backgrounds."

Dr. Reid said the public is invited to hear Imam Mohammed's address at 5:30 p.m. at Bethel Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave.

The imam's subject is "Regard and Respect for Christianity as Found in the Holy Qur'an and the Teachings of the Prophet."

In another departure for the Bethel congregation, Dr. Reid has announced that June is "Come As You Are Month" at the church.

Members and visitors are being encouraged to wear casual dress -- such as jeans, jogging suits, T-shirts, tennis shoes and sandals -- to all services.

Dr. Reid said he would lead the way by dressing casually for his pulpit appearances.

A "Summer Spiritual Sizzle" service at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the church will feature dancing and contemporary gospel music to the accompaniment of drums, saxophones and piano. Information: 523-4273.

CHAI meeting

Comprehensive Housing Assistance Inc. (CHAI), the community development agency of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, has invited the public to its annual meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave.

The guest speaker, Shoshana Cardin, will discuss the organization's 10 years of housing assistance in the Park Heights neighborhoods of Northwest Baltimore and its new initiatives in Pikesville and Randallstown. Information: 466-1990.

Shrine anniversary

The Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington has celebrated its 125th year with the installation of a new 37-rank pipe organ made of oak, maple and rosewood by the Wicks Organ Co. in Highland, Ill.

The instrument was dedicated in a service at the Smith Avenue church last Sunday that featured works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schuman, Widor, Messiaen and Cesar Franck.

For children

A program featuring "puppets and zany characters to deliver God's word and touch the hearts of children," created by Children's Video Ministries in Charlotte, N.C., will be presented Monday through Friday at First Church of the Nazarene, 8801 Rogers Ave., Ellicott City. Information: 465-1103.

Friends festival

The American Friends Service Committee will sponsor its seventh annual Arts and Peace Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 at Friends School, 5114 N. Charles St. Admission is free.

Programs for adults and children will feature clowns, magicians, jugglers, poetry readings, music, food and drink, arts and crafts -- as well as justice and peace literature. A book sale will benefit the village of El Paisnal in El Salvador.

Donations of books are requested. Books may be taken to the Stony Run Friends Meetinghouse between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. through next Thursday. Information: 323-7200 or 821-7807.

Two churches

The congregations of Davis Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and Solid Rock Apostolic Faith Church will worship together at 3:30 p.m. June 27 at Davis Memorial, 2409 Roslyn Ave. Information: 664-0106.

Cantor honored

Bnai Jacob Congregation, 3615 Seven Mile Lane, will honor Gerald Lieder, its cantor for 32 years, at a dinner June 27 to be held at Suburban Orthodox Congregation, 7504 Seven Mile Lane. The cantor is retiring in August. Information: 367-7281.

Anthems, spirituals

The Olton Singing Society will present a free concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church, 67 Winters Lane. Information: 744-9478.

Peace proposals

Robert O. Freedman of Baltimore Hebrew University will be among analysts of Israeli-Palestinian relations at a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace program today in Washington. Information: (301) 589-8764.

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